Portrait of a Woman

Joseph Wright (Wright of Derby) British

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Joseph Wright of Derby was the first major British painter to work almost entirely outside London. Most of his patrons were merchants or industrialists from the Midlands or members of the local gentry. This portrait of an unknown lady was probably painted about 1770, the high point of Wright's early career as a portraitist, and is a fine example of the direct, descriptive style he employed—far removed from the artificial conventions favored in London society.

Portrait of a Woman, Joseph Wright (Wright of Derby) (British, Derby 1734–1797 Derby), Oil on canvas

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